Adrian Chadd adrian at creative.net.au
Tue Apr 7 16:27:50 AEST 2009

On Tue, Apr 07, 2009, David Boxall wrote:

> > The remaining homes and businesses will be reached via wireless and 
> > satellite technologies offering speeds of 12 megabits per second.

> OK, so it will take 8 years and reach 90% of premises. What happens in 
> the interim? What happens at the edges?

I hate to suggest that copper is good enough for a large part of
the deployment, but I bet someone running the numbers would find it is.

How many pairs of copper could you run at 8mbit/1mbit ADSL2 (with
whatever "letter" Annex standard) in a bundle?

> Could DSL technologies be employed to provide bandwidth higher than 
> wireless can manage beyond the limits of the fibre, both as it pushes 
> out and where it eventually stops? I have 9.5 km of copper between my 
> home and a RIM (see entry dated Monday, 2 February 2004 in 
> <http://david.boxall.id.au/ISDN.html>). It's possible the fibre that 
> currently stops at the RIM will be extended to within DSL distance of my 
> place. Then again, Telstra owns that infrastructure, so maybe not.

I would really, really like to see Cat5(E) runs, ethernet compatible,
as the basis for new office and apartment building construction.
Even if its just run from the home to a wiring plant on each level and
then -left alone- until some Telco/ISP wishes to strike a deal with
the building management to provide services.

I think its a bit bizarre that in 2009 said new constructions are
getting new HFC (ie, "foxtel") copper installed but not ethernet.

I'd also like to note that having everyone connected at 100mbit but
still being limited to a few gigabytes a month of "internet" is only
going to serve the ISP/Telco's - it allows them to push their own
services, under their terms, to the end user, but doesn't really leave
all that much space for creative innovation. 



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